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How To Show Your Love So They Feel It

By |September 2nd, 2016|Whole LIfe|

I told my son that I was really proud of him last night. Of course, I am always proud of him (what mother isn’t?) but I had reason to SAY it last night because he received an award at his High School’s sports prize giving.  Do you know what he said to me?  He said, ”Are you [...]

It Came And Bit Him Where It Hurts!

By |July 11th, 2016|For Parents, Goal setting, Motivation, Success, Whole LIfe|

We had my son’s parent teacher interviews at school the other day.  He had 100% success rate but not the kind you really want.  His success?  He managed to have every one of his teachers say, “You’re a pleasure to have in the classroom BUT stop all your procrastinating and get your work handed in, [...]

The Equation To Happiness

By |June 30th, 2016|Goal setting, Happiness, Motivation, Success|

Do you think we ever truly make it there? By there I mean...our ultimate happy life. It seems to me that a lot of people are never happy with where they're at. They strive to achieve, to meet their goals, to improve their personal well-being and life, but do they ever stop long enough to realize they've actually made it [...]

Why Creativity Is So Important (and it’s not about art!)

By |May 24th, 2016|Creative, Goal setting, Happiness, Inspiring, Motivation, Success, Videos, Whole LIfe|

Thinking creatively does not always refer to creating works of art, e.g. painting, music or poetry. Thinking creatively helps you get out of tricky situations.  Thinking creatively empowers you to think outside the square and make the most of every opportunity that comes knocking on your door. It's not what you have but what you [...]

If You Don’t Think You’re Brave, Then Think Again

By |May 16th, 2016|Coping skills, Inspiring, Motivation, Success, Videos, Whole LIfe|

Do you know the difference between being fearless and being brave?  You might think they're the same thing but they certainly aren't. A 3-year old child could be described as fearless as he jumps off the roof dressed as Superman, believing he can fly!  But that's not very sensible, is it? Being fearless often means being reckless and [...]

Write Your Own Personal Recipe To Success

By |May 8th, 2016|Coping skills, Emotions, Feeling Down, Grief, Happiness, Success, Videos|

Stressed?  Anxious?  Depressed?  Grieving? All of these things are BIG problems for many people and if not brought under control, can take over your whole life.  It affects relationships, jobs, the ability to find true happiness and if it continues for too long, it can make you ill. But what does it actually mean when [...]

How To Live Each Day With Purpose

By |April 17th, 2016|Coping skills, Goal setting, Happiness, Inspiring, Motivation, Success, Whole LIfe|

Can you believe we're half way through April already?  Where is the year going? Before you know it we'll be planning Christmas and saying, "Can you believe it's another Xmas already?  Where did that year go!" So how are things for you ? Are you happy with where you're at? One of the things I find [...]

It Works Best This Way

By |March 24th, 2016|As I see it, Happiness, Motivation, Success, Whole LIfe|

You know what I find really interesting?  When someone is moaning about how life sucks and yet they are so set in their ways they refuse to open themselves up to new thinking.  Do you imagine that if you had all the answers then there’d be nothing to moan about?  Well, you would think so. [...]

Come and share my sunshine

By |March 17th, 2016|As I see it, Coping skills, Emotions, Feeling Down, Grief, Happiness, Inspiring, Videos|

Have you ever flown on a plane when the weather has been really cloudy and raining?  It can be darned miserable down there on the ground before you take off. But what happens when you get above the cloud?  There is no longer any rain and the clouds are all beneath you.  It's like you [...]

Can We Change Our Memories?

By |March 13th, 2016|For Parents|

I have only fond memories of my childhood.  I used to worry about what memories my children will grow up with, but now I've analysed the whole process a bit more I no longer worry. My parents weren’t deliberately making memories for us, they were just living their life and doing what they thought was [...]

Why Do We Need Disasters In Our Life?

By |February 9th, 2016|Disaster|

When everything in life is good we let our guard down and go into cruise mode. For most people, the only time they ever learn anything in life is when they are forced to sit up and take notice. And the way Life makes them listen is to send a monumental disaster. There is no [...]

Food That Will Save Your Life

By |February 1st, 2016|Super Foods, Whole LIfe|

Most of us know that we need to make healthy food choices and that it is important for our good health; however, not many people know that some foods can actually promote health and that they are common, everyday foods that are readily available and yummy to eat! Some foods are so packed with goodness [...]

6 Tips To Get More Work-Life Balance

By |November 13th, 2015|Coping skills, For Parents, Happiness, Success, Whole LIfe|

If you’re always busy but feel like you aren’t performing at the optimal level in some areas of your life, then perhaps you need to check your work/life balance.  It’s a very common problem and the work/home balance is probably the most challenging of all.  It seems that you are needed everywhere and if you are a [...]

Why It’s Scary When You Have No Control

By |October 17th, 2015|As I see it, Coping skills, For Parents, Whole LIfe|

One of the scariest things in life is when you have no control and need to trust someone else, because there are times that you need to do that.  You can’t always be the one who makes all the decisions and leads the way, and how you do things is certainly not the only way [...]

9 Steps To Successfully Get Unstuck And Move Forward

By |September 29th, 2015|Coping skills, Happiness, Success|

Have you ever thought, “I wish I could just let go and move on”?  Sometimes it feels like our whole life is on hold and we’re waiting for something to happen; something good or something bad…we’re not sure what but we’re waiting all the same. But how long do you wait?  And is waiting doing [...]

How Do You Want YOUR Story To Go?

By |September 17th, 2015|Coping skills, Inspiring, Motivation, Success, Videos|

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you like the story to go? Sometimes life doesn't work out quite how we'd planned.  But is that any reason to give up or to accept any less than an amazing life?  Of course not. Amy Purdy found that out the hard [...]

Sometimes You Just Have To Trust

By |August 28th, 2015|As I see it, Coping skills, Emotions, Happiness, Success|

Sometimes you just have to trust — trust yourself, trust others and trust life. The dictionary definition of trust is: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.    That doesn't sound too hard does it?  In other words, Reliable...Honest...Capable. So why do we have so much trouble with this?  We doubt ourselves, [...]

Handling other people and their attitudes

By |August 14th, 2015|Coping skills, Feeling Down, Grief, Happiness|

Do you feel like no-one really understands where you are at?  Are the people around you stuck in their own spiral of negative emotions and behavior and you’re trying to bust out of that?  It’s important to understand that we are all individuals — you are not them and they are not you.  You have [...]

How To Get Rid Of Negative Self-talk And Worry

By |August 6th, 2015|Emotions, Feeling Down, Happiness, Motivation, Success|

I was on a call this morning and something really got to me.  I think it’s so sad a lot of people don’t believe in themselves and accept less in their lives than they deserve. It seems that human nature has hard-wired us to stall and second-guess everything.  We pull back just when we should [...]

How to feel relaxed and content, even though there’s still lots to do

By |July 27th, 2015|Goal setting, Happiness, Success, Whole LIfe|

You know the feeling...a million things going around in your mind and a to-do list as long as your arm.  It seems that there's a never ending list because no sooner do you cross one thing off, then another task gets tacked onto the end.  And don't forget the usual running around and routines that must be [...]

Inspirational Videos For You

By |July 20th, 2015|As I see it, Happiness, Inspiring, Motivation, Videos|

A Pep Talk "Life is a game...so get into it!  And if you have a dream, don't quit.  Just keep going, keep going, keep going!"   Out of the mouths of babes comes the words we often need to hear.   "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance." [leadplayer_vid id="55B585522F0F4"] For [...]

Tomorrow depends on you doing this TODAY

By |July 17th, 2015|As I see it, Goal setting, Happiness, Whole LIfe|

Days become weeks, weeks become months and months become years.  Sooner or later time has zoomed past and you can be left wondering what on earth you’ve achieved. The key to achieving a lot in my life is that I focus on each day as it presents itself.  Every morning I ask myself what’s important in [...]

Why Do We Stop Chasing Our Dreams?

By |July 2nd, 2015|Videos|

Have you ever had a dream?  Not the kind you have when you go to sleep but a desire to do something amazing.  Did you ever achieve that dream?  If you didn't then you are not alone because most people never do. But if our dreams are what gives us passion, purpose and inspiration, why [...]

Practical Solutions To Cope With Emotions

By |May 18th, 2015|Emotions|

One of the biggest challenges we face in life is how to keep our emotions from controlling us. Ordinary people who lead ordinary daily lives can swing from elation to desperation quite quickly.  But when we are under stress, emotions become much more complex and we often feel like we have no control over them [...]

Relief From Stress And Pressure

By |May 2nd, 2015|Feeling Down|

How do we manage stress so it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on our life?  Stress is a normal part of life and something that everyone on this planet has to deal with, and it’s important to understand that stress itself isn’t bad, it’s how we handle it that matters.  The key is to learn how [...]

How To Find Calm When You’re Anxious

By |May 2nd, 2015|Feeling Down|

When we become angry, upset, anxious or worried we need to find a way to get this powerful emotion under control so it doesn’t swamp us.  The key is to have some proven strategies that help you find your inner sense of calm, so you can think more clearly and move past the intensity of [...]

Does Age Define How We Grieve?

By |May 2nd, 2015|Grief|

I was asked by one of my readers this week to talk about moving on when you lose a partner, and specifically when you are a widow.  It got me wondering about all the people in the world who have lost someone dear to them and how they managed their grief, and ultimately moving on [...]

7 Tips For A Stress-free Journey Through Difficult Times

By |May 2nd, 2015|Happiness|

“Where on Earth are you taking us Jennifer?” “Mom, do you even know where we are?” “No, I don’t.  But I trust that Jennifer does and eventually we will pop out somewhere that I recognize.  Just have faith that she knows what she’s doing and enjoy the view!” That was the conversation my son and [...]

Do We Need Closure?

By |May 2nd, 2015|Grief|

Joy and grief can live side by side; the roller coaster ride we go on when we are experiencing grief is proof of that.   The whole idea that we need closure in order to move on is something that is not necessarily true.  Whether for ourselves or perhaps when we are trying to help [...]

This Is The Key To Happiness

By |May 2nd, 2015|Happiness|

Do I feel sad?  Sometimes. Do I feel lonely?  Sometimes. Am I worried?  Sometimes. If I didn’t then I would not be a normal human being.  It is normal to have these emotions and anyone who says they don’t, is lying! But does it negatively affect my life?  No. Why?  Because I don’t allow it [...]

Nothing Prepares You For This

By |May 2nd, 2015|Grief|

You think you can prepare for the big moments in your life — marriage, being a parent, coping with a death.  But as most of us have come to appreciate, there is no way you can truly know what the experience is like until you have been through it yourself.  All parents will tell you [...]

The 9 Important Parts of a “Whole” Life

By |March 25th, 2015|Whole LIfe|

He was my whole life". “They were my whole world and now I don’t know what to do with myself”. "My job meant everything to me". Ever heard anyone say something like that? Perhaps you have felt like that. When someone (or something) THAT big leaves our life, of course there’s a gigantic hole that [...]

Four Helpful Tips for When You’re Feeling Down

By |February 23rd, 2015|Feeling Down|

No-one leads the perfect life...always sunshine and roses, cute cuddly kittens and fluffy ducklings! Most of my days are happy ones but like most people, there are the occasional days that I just get out of bed the wrong side and for whatever reason, feel a bit out of sorts.But my down times are fleeting [...]

You Are An Amazing Mother

By |May 17th, 2013|inspiring mother|

How many times have you said, "I'm just a mother?" Well if you do, then stop immediately. Proudly state that you are a mother— but cut out the 'just'. And if you are a mother bringing up children alone, then you are certainly not 'just' a mother. You are an incredible person, doing an amazing [...]